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Beth Genson’s works in the ancient art of encaustic use a hot paint mixture of beeswax, damar resin and oil pigments. Genson finds the encaustic medium well suited for her exploration of water as a subject matter, with rivers and ponds as the focal point of many of her paintings. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
The Findlay Leo Councilettes will host a craft retreat titled “Crafting Through the Seasons” on Sept. 21-22.
The $25 cost includes a weekend of knitting, quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading and more. Door prizes, raffles and table favors, along with lunch, are included.
The deadline to register is today. Call Laura Debord at 567-250-9430 to sign up or for more details.
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the free colloquium “Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Wyse-Rhodes will consider portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment and a heavenly mystery. Such images informed the religious imaginations of early Jewish and Christian communities, and their meaningfulness endures today.
“Reflections on the Soul of the University” will be the subject of a free, public talk to be given by the Rev. William Reist, recently retired senior pastor at College First Church of God. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium as part of the University of Findlay’s DeBow and Catherine Moore Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series. Reist will explore the nature of UF’s Christian heritage in the larger world of church-related higher education. He will propose ideas that would clarify and strengthen the university’s promise that it is “grounded in faith.”
Mitch McVicker will bring his Dove award-winning music to Findlay for a 10 a.m. show Sunday, Sept. 23, at Salem-Cass United Methodist Church.
The show is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at the church, 4699 Hancock County 236; or Findlay Christian Book and Gift Store, 438 Tiffin Ave.
With 10 albums, a DVD and over 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries to his name, McVicker began his career in 1995 as support for Rich Mullins, a Christian musician who wrote the song, “Awesome God.”
The two traveled, performed, wrote and lived together before a car accident killed Mullins and badly injured McVicker. While McVicker was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period, the two were awarded a Dove award for the song, “My Deliverer.”
While McVicker’s style is distinct from Mullins, he acknowledges Mullins’ influence on his life, with a pursuit of simplicity and a desire to say real things with his music.
He is touring on the heels of his latest album, “The Acceptance of And,” which he describes as a gradual shift and refinement of his sound.
McVicker said he appreciates the intimate vibe that goes with the larger-than-life sound a church can provide for music, adding that audience energy is what makes a concert special.
Those who attend the show can witness McVicker’s unique stage show, which bandcamp.com has described as “MacGyver meets Mark Twain.”
Latino Sunday will be observed Sept. 23 at the Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine, 315 Clay St., Carey. Aztec dancers from Norwalk, Ohio, will perform in front of the basilica prior to the noon Mass, which will be celebrated in Spanish. The shrine cafeteria will serve a menu of Mexican specialties. The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with devotions and an outdoor rosary procession, followed with benediction and individual prayers for healing and a blessing with the relic of the true cross.
Peter Furler and Phil Joel will rejoin their old bandmates in Newsboys to perform their influential Christian songs, including “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles,” and “Born Again.” Their platinum-certified hit, “God’s Not Dead,” inspired the film franchise of the same name.